02 Dec 2021

Improving Migration Data On Health For Effective Health Programs And Policies: Targeting The Most Vulnerable And Saving Lives

The physical health, mental health, and general well-being of migrants and people on the move, in particular, is a vital issue. Political and social structures must respond to the challenges posed by population movements, including a focus on achieving universal health coverage using the building blocks of health systems.

Migrations, particularly within the continent,  have always been an important component of African lives. Recent factors such as climate change and population growth contribute to exacerbating this mobility trajectory. Promoting the health of migrants and migration-affected populations is not only essential to enable safe, orderly, and humane migration, but also to ensure that the economic and development benefits of migration are sustainable for both sending and receiving countries. Despite their positive contributions, many international migrants are at greater risk of vulnerable situations that put their own health status at risk. They may be denied access to health services by law, or they are unable to access these services in practice.  

This webinar will address how migration data can help design and implement more effective health programs for migrants in Africa

When? Thursday, December 2nd from 2:00 to 4:00 pm CET

Where? ZOOM. Register here.


Opening remarks:

Leila Ben-Ali, Acting Director of the African Migration Observatory and Head of Statistics Division at the African Union Commission (AUC)

Frank Laczko, Director, IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC)

Moderated by: 
Dr. Marie-Luce Bia Zafinikamia, Impact Evaluation Officer, IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC)


  • Current challenges in collecting and integrating migration health data and way forward
    Dr Soorej Jose Puthoopparambil - Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Programme Coordinator for the Master’s Programme in Global Health at Uppsala University,  Head of WHO Collaborating Centre on Migration and Health Data and Evidence
  • Generate and utilize migration health related data from existing data source- analysis of Demographic Health Survey and the proposed migration health profile
    Michela Martini - Migration Health Senior Regional Specialist, Regional Office for the East and Horn of Africa (EHoA)/IOM

Followed by Q&A and closing remarks